Myriad Editions – First Graphic Novel Competition 2014
Myriad Editions are a book publisher who have increasingly found critical and commercial success with several excellent graphic novels; from Darryl Cunningham’s myth busting Science Tales to Nicola Streenton’s tale of grief and recovery Billy, Me And You, their publishing list is impressive and diverse.
Myriad are also behind the biennial First Graphic Novel Competition, aimed at new graphic novel creators, open to writers, artists and cartoonists who have not previously published a full length work. The first FGNC happened in 2012, with Gareth Brookes’ excellent The Black Project winning and subsequently published by Myriad in 2013.
This year at Thought Bubble Myriad announced the second FGNC, which runs until early 2014, and the winner of which will be “offered the opportunity to develop their work-in-progress with Myriad’s creative and editorial team with a view to being offered a contract and publication by Myriad and a week-long author’s retreat in a studio attached to a writer’s house in the historic, convivial town of Charroux, France“.
The closing date is Monday 3rd March 2014 with the winner announced in May 2014. What the judges will be looking for is a part work, an extract from a longer graphic novel, that can be published in full by Myriad. Full details, obviously, at Myriad’s website.
That judging panel will include Andy Oliver of Broken Frontier, Creative Director of Myriad Editions, Corrine Pearlman, artist Woodrow Phoenix, author Meg Rosoff, artist Nicola Streeten
Finally, a couple of quotes from the press release.. (and good luck if you’re entering)
Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman says:
‘The prize is an amazing opportunity for would-be graphic novelists at any stage in their career. We’re looking to encourage emerging talent as well as older artists keen to benefit from today’s increasingly comics-friendly environment. We had such a strong shortlist in 2012 that, as well as Brookes, we have already published one of the shortlisted authors, Hannah Eaton, and will publish two more in 2014/15.’
Gareth Brookes says:
‘Quite simply the First Fictions prize has meant that now my Graphic Novel exists! And it’s in the shops, shelved alongside my alphabeticaly adjacent heroes Jeffrey Brown, Charles Burns and Robert Crumb. Along the way I’ve had the best editorial guidance, got some fantastic publicity and found a wonderfully supportive network of peers, all courtesy of the Myriad Editions team. If you’ve got an idea for a graphic novel, the First Fictions prize represents the best opportunity available to make it a reality.’